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CFC Expands Board
By Staff

<Christina Jennings © Ralph Lucas>

(October 17, 2011 - Toronto, Ontario) The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) has announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors: Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President of English Services, CBC; Scott Dyer, Executive Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Shared Services for Corus Entertainment Inc.; Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production for CTV and Rupert Dilnott-Cooper, a leading British executive and advisor in the media and investment sector.

“We are delighted to welcome such talented industry leaders from all facets of the film, television and digital media industries,” said Roma Khanna, Co-Chair, CFC Board of Directors. “Their combined expertise within the production community and global marketplace will be of great benefit to the organization as the CFC continues to shape, define and lead Canada into the digital media economy.”

Kirstine Stewart is an internationally renowned media executive who oversees one of the largest media outlets in Canada. As Executive Vice-President of English Services at CBC, she is responsible for all of the public broadcaster’s national English operations, including CBC Television, CBC Radio and Stewart holds responsibility in English Canada for executing the 2015 Strategy, Every One, Every Way, which seeks to ensure a strong public broadcaster for years to come. As part of that mandate, she has announced the expansion of local services in underserved markets, and is successfully delivering on CBC’s commitment to programming that is uniquely Canadian.

Scott Dyer is Executive Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Shared Services for Corus Entertainment Inc., and is responsible for leading all of the Company's divisional and corporate technological undertakings. In this role, Dyer has operational and strategic responsibility for the hardware, software, personnel and technical resources of Corus' core and new media businesses, focusing on process redesign and business intelligence across all of Corus' divisions and departments. Dyer also oversaw the design and construction of Corus' new waterfront headquarters, Corus Quay. Prior to this position, Dyer was Executive Vice-President, General Manager, Corus Kids. He began his tenure at Corus as Executive Vice-President, Production and Development at Nelvana, where he helped guide the creative vision and technological development of Nelvana's high-calibre team of animators, developers and producers.

Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production for CTV, Canada ’s largest private broadcaster, where she oversees the company’s development and independent production teams. With a cross-channel and company-wide focus, she is responsible for the overall development and execution of creative content from independent producers for Bell Media’s two conventional networks and comedy, drama, music, youth and entertainment specialty channels. Coe was formerly Vice-President, Business and Legal Affairs, CTVglobemedia, where she was responsible for the legal and business affairs on the independent Canadian programming commissioned by the CTV network and specialty channels. Coe previously worked for the Canadian Television Fund and the Ontario Film Development Corporation, and practiced entertainment, corporate commercial and intellectual property law at Smith, Lyons.

Rupert Dilnott-Cooper is a leading British media and investment sector executive and adviser. He is presently Chairman or Director of a number of media companies including Base79 (the UK ’s leading digital rights management and monetisation company), Rocket Licensing (a classic brand merchandising business) and others in mobile marketing, production and distribution. He is a Trustee of Television Trust for the Environment. He has been a director of leading independent production companies (Darlow Smithson and Diverse Productions), broadcasters (Meridian Broadcasting and France Telefilm) and public companies (Zodiac Television, now part of DeAgostini Group). Rupert was Chairman of the British Television Distributors’ Association.

Additionally, Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury Films (pictured above at the 2011 annual CFC Barbecue), will be moving to the position of Co-Chair, from her previous position as Vice-Chair.

With these new appointments comes the departure of two Board members. Stepping down are Janet Yale and Etienne de Villiers who were thanked for their "significant contributions" to the Board by Khanna.

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